Karl Kouba, Frog King (Vienna bronze), 19th century


Karl Kouba, Frog King (Vienna bronze), late 19th century – early 20th century

Painted Vienna bronze – a figurine representing a frog-king seated on a bench and holding the insignia of power: a crown, slightly lopsided on its head, a scepter in one hand and a golden apple in the other. Perfect reproduction of details: the crown has an ornamental pattern at the base, and there is a small cross on the apple. Signature of the artist at the bottom of the seat. A rare collector’s item in very good condition – slight traces of the passage of time (a bit dirty, paint worn here and there).

Vienna, late 19th century – early 20th century

Dimensions: 4,5 (height) x 3 x 3 cm.

Vienna bronzes are often small figures, usually in bronze, produced in Vienna from the middle of the 19th century. They gained immense popularity throughout Europe at that time. They are known for their excellent craftsmanship – sophisticated shapes, interesting, often amusing ideas, and in the case of painted bronzes, perfectly retained bright colors. These are sought-after collector’s items today.